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On Vox: M42 has begun!

I couldn't wait; I started an hour early.  (Hopefully I won't get in trouble...?) 

Anyway, yeah.  All evening I had been strumming out this song idea that I've been working on for weeks, and I was getting frustrated because I couldn't find a solution to a particular problem, and then - as Kath was getting ready to turn in - I started to wonder if this M42 project should include works-in-progress, or should just be brand-new, clean slate ideas.

In the end, I decided to work with a clean slate - if only for tonight.  I want to get as many first ideas down as possible, rather than get bogged down by trying to finish every single one.  Also, I decided to forgo guitar and work on the keyboard, and to work in Reason rather than ProTools - working with loops sometimes helps my brain get uncluttered.  And so I came up with something that might end up being interesting, or it might not.

While I've got lots of uncertainties regarding this project, I know one thing for sure - I don't want to post any unfinished ideas just yet.  I tend to listen to my sketches obsessively, so much so that I then end up regarding them as finished ideas and so I never get around to really giving them the effort they obviously need.  Pretty much every recording I've posted over the last 16 months has that particular problem.  If I'm going to actually finish something, I don't want to glorify its first steps.

Anyway - 020108_1 is in the books, and on my hard drive, and if it ends up being something that winds up on the album, then that'll be great.

Originally posted on jervo.vox.com